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David Wilshaw, MS, PG
President
P.O. Box 783547
Winter Garden FL 34778
USA
phone: 407-342-7737
David Wilshaw, MS, PG has over 33 years of experience in Engineering Geology, Geotechnics, Hydrogeology and Geoenvironmental assessments. Established in 2012, his company Britannia Solutions LLC has continuously provided Sinkhole Neutral Evaluation and expert geological opinions to insurance carriers, private individuals, corporations and their respective legal advisers. Mr. Wilshaw offers services as a professional geologist and expert witness with respect to disputed sinkhole insurance claims and many other specialized areas of engineering geology, specifically Slope Failures, Underground Mining Subsidence and the Adequacy of Ground Investigations in relation to claims under construction contracts.

David Wilshaw has been a Florida DFS-certified Neutral Evaluator under §627.7074 Florida Statutes since 2011. He is licensed as a Professional Geologist in Florida, Pennsylvania and Tennessee and is registered as a Chartered Geologist and Fellow of the Geological Society in the United Kingdom. He has been Adjunct Professor of Earth Science since 2015. In the last 8 years, he has been the statutory Professional Geologist under s.627.707 Florida Statutes for over 850 cause of subsidence investigations related to sinkhole loss claims across Florida, from the Panhandle to the Florida Keys.

Litigation Services Include:
  • Testifying Expert at Deposition over 120 times.
  • Testifying Expert at Trial over 30 times.
  • Neutral Evaluation of over 135 Disputed Sinkhole Insurance Claims in accordance with Section 627.7074 Florida Statutes
  • Peer review and expert opinion to defense and plaintiff attorneys on over 2,000 disputed claims for sinkhole loss
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James M. Miller, PE, PhD
Founder
2392 Fuller Court
Ann Arbor MI 48105
USA
phone: 734-662-6822
fax: 734-747-9712
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The experts at Miller Engineering are Ann Arbor based professional engineers celebrating 35 years of service to University, Government, Insurance, and Industry through research, publications, presentations, and testimony. Miller Engineering has a staff of engineers and experts in the Mechanical, Chemical, Agriculture, Industrial, and Human Factors fields of engineering with specific knowledge in the following areas:

Vehicles
  • Car/Truck Accident Reconstruction
  • Crash Data Retrieval (CDR)
  • Visibility & Reaction Time Analysis
  • Tires, Trailers, Brakes & Accelerators
  • Truck/Off Road Vehicle Egress/Ingress
  • Traffic Signing and Construction Zones
Mechanical & Electrical Safety
  • Product Safety & Analysis
  • Machinery - Metal, Wood, Plastic Molding
  • Machine Guarding & Safety, Robots, Automation
  • Hazard and Risk Analysis
  • Employee Safety Procedures – OSHA
  • Electrical Distribution & Transmission Hazards
Warnings & Instructions
  • Warning Labels & User Manual Design
  • Hazard Analysis & Product Label Designs
  • Medical Device & Drug Warnings & Instructions
  • Inadequate Warnings Analysis
  • Standard Compliance (ANSI Z535)
  • Product Recall Information & Strategies
Chemicals Safety & Labeling
  • NEW OSHA HAZCOM (2012) & GHS Review
  • MSDS, SDS and Product Label Compliance
  • Toxic Torts - Diacetyl, Asbestos, Benzene, Lead, Carbon Monoxide
Chemical Exposures & Workplace Safety
  • Chemical Inhalation, Ingestion, Dermal Contact
  • Contamination - Water & Environmental
  • Manufacturing & Process Line Accidents
  • Slips, Trips, Falls, & Entanglements
Fires & Explosions
  • Cause & Origin Investigations
  • Gas, Vapor, & Electrical
Agriculture
  • Tractor & Equipment Accidents
  • Chemical Applications & Exposures
  • Crop Storage & Harvesting Accidents
  • Pesticides
Construction
  • Vehicle Visibility Accidents
  • Slip, Trip, & Fall Accidents
  • Power Tool Repetitive & Immediate Injuries
  • Scaffolding - Cranes - Hoisting - Fork Lifts
Consumers/Household Safety
  • Appliances & Tools
  • Child Furniture, Choking, Playgrounds
  • Swimming Pools & Exercise Equipment
  • Recreation - ATV, Boats, Bicycles, Boards
  • Ladder, Stair, Step and Railing Accidents
  • Slip, Trip, & Fall Accidents
Insurance Subrogation & Forensics
  • Accident Investigations
  • Electrical & Fire Causation
  • Chemical Leakage Damage
  • Defective Equipment Injuries
  • Premise and Process Damages
James Miller Mechanical Engineering Expert PhotoJames M. Miller, PE, PhD – Founder

Dr. Miller is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Michigan College of Engineering and a registered professional engineer and consultant with over 35 years of experience as an expert witness. He specializes in warnings, labeling and instruction manuals, consumer product design, machine guarding, process safety, fire science, vehicle visibility, tractor egress/ingress, pedestrian and worker slip and fall prevention, recreational vehicles (ATVs, boats, and personal watercraft), compliance with occupational safety and consumer safety standards (OSHA, MSDS, CPSC, ANSI, ASTM, UL, etc.).


Mark Lehto Engineering Expert PhotoMark R. Lehto, PhD – Co-Founder

Dr. Lehto is a Professor of Engineering at Purdue University. He specializes in knowledge engineering, warnings and instructions, structuring expert systems, accident modeling, accident statistical analysis, consumer product safety, boating safety, in-field national surveys of product usage and product information effectiveness.






Bradley Cook Mechanical Engineering Expert PhotoBradley T. Cook, PE – Managing Engineer

Bradley is a registered professional engineer and consultant with extensive experience in accident reconstruction. He specializes in vehicular accident reconstruction and has investigated hundreds of vehicle accidents involving cars, trucks, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycles, etc. Bradley also has experience in product safety and hazard analysis; occupational safety and health (OSHA) compliance; pedestrian and worker slip and fall prevention; investigation and reconstruction of industrial and consumer product accidents. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Science in Engineering with a Biomedical concentration from Purdue University.
Mark R. Lehto & Steven J. Landry
Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics for Engineers, Second Edition presents and integrates important methods and tools used in the fields of Industrial Engineering, Human Factors and Ergonomics to design and improve jobs, tasks and products. It presents these topics with a practical, applied orientation suitable for engineering undergraduate students.
Mark R. Lehto, Steven J. Landry & Jim Buck
Emphasizing customer oriented design and operation, Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics for Engineers explores the behavioral, physical, and mathematical foundations of the discipline and how to apply them to improve the human, societal, and economic well being of systems and organizations.
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David Kassekert
P.E.
4017 Washington Road #344
McMurray (Pittsburgh) PA
USA
phone: 866-344-7606
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Keystone Engineering Consultants, Inc. is a multi-discipline, broad-spectrum firm providing comprehensive and qualified forensic engineering, architecture, scientific, and fire/arson investigation expert services to the legal community, insurance industry, and the public and private sectors.

A professional evaluation by any of our 40+ professionals and consultants can help solve problems in a cost-effective way. We listen to the needs of our clients and offer unbiased, ethical, and professional opinions backed by education, experience and scientific testing.

We are available for consultation and review of the factual information involved with a case to determine the worthiness of the matter prior to committing to a full investigation.

Areas of Expertise / Practice Include: Accident Reconstruction; A/E Professional Liability; Amusement Park Rides; Aviation Issues; Biomechanics; Blasting, Quarry and Construction Explosions; Building Condition Assessments; Chemical, Civil, and Electrical Engineering; Geotechnical, Industrial, and Mechanical Engineering; Structural Engineering; Commercial Claims; Construction Accidents/Disputes/Failures; Electrical Systems and Controls, Electrocutions and Shocks; Elevators & Escalators; Environmental Issues; Fire, Explosion and Arson Investigations; Fire Prevention; Forensic Architecture; Hazardous Materials; Health and Safety Issues; Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning; Human Factors; Indoor Air Quality and Mold Investigations; Industrial Safety, Ladders and Scaffolds; Machine Guarding and Safety; Material Failure Analysis; Motor Vehicle Crashes; Non-Destructive Testing; Playgrounds, Parks, Health Clubs and Recreational Facilities; Personal Injury; Premises Liability; Product Liability; Property Damage; Roadway Design Issues; Slips, Trips and Falls; Subrogation; and Toxicology.

Offices serving Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware
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Richard J. Long, P.E.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Corporate Headquarters:
10029 Whistling Elk Drive
Littleton, CO 80127
CO, FL, GA, TX, KS, NC, DC
USA
phone: 303-972-2443
fax: 303-972-6980
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Florida Office:
Andrew Avalon, PE, PSP
President
8633 Willow Kane Court
Orlando, FL 32835
T: (407) 445-0825
F: (407) 445-0821

Long International provides expert claims analysis, dispute resolution, and project management services to the Process Plant Engineering and Construction industry worldwide. Our primary focus is on petroleum refining, petrochemical, chemical, oil and gas production, mining/mineral processing, power, cogeneration, and other process plant and industrial projects. We also have extensive experience in hospital, commercial and industrial building, pipeline, wastewater, highway and transit, heavy civil, microchip manufacturing, and airport projects.

Richard Long Richard J. Long, PE, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Long International has over 40 years of U.S. and international consulting experience involving construction contract disputes analysis and resolution, arbitration/litigation support and expert testimony, project management, engineering / construction management, cost and schedule control, and process engineering. As an internationally recognized expert in the analysis and resolution of complex construction disputes for over 25 years, Mr. Long has served as the lead expert on over 300 projects having claims ranging in size from US$100,000 to over US$1 billion.



Andrew AvalonAndrew Avalon, PE, PSP is President of Long International and has over 28 years of engineering, construction management and claims consulting experience. He is an expert in the preparation and evaluation of construction claims, business interruption claims, schedule delay analysis, arbitration/litigation support and dispute resolution. He has prepared more than thirty CPM schedule analyses, written expert witness reports, and supported attorneys in depositions, cross-examinations, mediations and settlement negotiations. Mr. Avalon has analyzed construction schedules for owners and contractors to determine the causes of construction delays and to equitably allocate responsibility for delay-related costs.



W. Tom ThweattW. Tom Thweatt is a Principal with Long International and has over 40 years of engineering, construction, and management consulting experience. He has extensive experience in major U.S. and international refining, chemical, petrochemical, pipeline, infrastructure and thermal / hydroelectric power generation projects ranging from US$40 million to US$1.8 billion. He has worked extensively in projects that were executed by multi-national joint ventures on both the owner's and the contractor's sides. Mr. Thweatt has served on Joint Venture and Consortium Executive Committees and has participated directly in claims negotiations and settlement agreements in excess of US$100 million.

9/27/2013 · Construction
The "discrete damages/cost variance analysis method" for quantifying construction claim damages involves the specific distribution of all costs incurred on the project rather than quantifying only certain parts of the cost or damage analysis as may be used in the other methods.

9/4/2013 · Construction
ABSTRACT - This paper provides guidelines to commercial construction cost engineers for the development of a plan for obtaining and utilizing subcontractor cost information for use in bidding, procurement, scheduling, change order management, and claim management. The paper is based upon personal field experience gained in cost engineering, scheduling, bidding, planning, contracting, and claim analyses.

8/13/2013 · Construction
A component of a construction claim often relates to the cost, quantity, and quality of the materials that the contractor installed on a project. The contractor frequently purchases these materials and agrees to install the quantities of materials on a unit price basis, i.e., a unit price that includes both the cost of the materials and the cost to install them.

12/17/2012 · Construction
Most construction contracts, whether they are standard or customized forms, usually contain specific provisions related expressly to the process of giving "notice." The notice generally refers to an obligation on the part of the Contractor to notify the relevant party administering the contract, normally the architect, resident engineer, or owner's representative, of a claim or change event that gives rise to possible additional entitlement for time and/or cost.

4/13/2012 · Construction
The equitable allocation of responsibility for project delays is essential to the resolution of many construction disputes. Contractors frequently assert that they have been delayed for reasons beyond their control. Owners often remain unconvinced that the Contractor is legitimately entitled to a time extension or delay, acceleration and loss of productivity damages.

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Robert A. McNeese
Conveyor Consultant
ALL STATES USA
phone: 228-623-5131
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Robert A. (Bob) McNeese is a Professional Conveyor S.M.E. Subject Mater Expert with close to 40 years of conveyor system experience in most every aspect of conveying systems. Mr. McNeese offers his services to the conveying industry to enhance operations, maintenance, and overall safety performance as well as providing 3rd party factually based non- partial overviews and opinions to legal counsel as an expert witness for the purpose of fair litigation.

Consulting - Bob McNeese has worked to improve efficiency and safety with companies such as Chevron, Southern Company, International paper, DuPont, and various shipping bulk terminals. He offers his unique services to alert customers to the ever changing OSHA, MSHA, ASME, regulations surrounding industrial conveying equipment. Several delivery methods are available to insure the new information and changes are introduced to the jobsite at the core of the workforce (site safety audits, safety topics, banners, labels, safety seminars)

Litigation Support - Mr. McNeese is an expert in all industrial areas of Conveyors and Bulk Handling Systems. He provides expert witness services to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant. Mr. McNeese provides expertise on issues concerning industrial conveyor system accidents and safety concerns as a result of manufacturing, installation, operation, or maintenance.

Specific Areas of Expertise:
  • Refineries
  • Port Facilities
  • Storage Transfer Facilities
  • Power Plants
  • Mines
  • Chemical Plants
  • Grain Elevators
  • Fertilizer Plants
  • Paper Mills
  • Food Processing
  • Coal Handling
  • Cement
  • Pet Coke
  • Wood Chips
  • Iron Ore
  • Lignite
  • Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Salt
  • Plastics
  • Grain
  • Fertilizer
  • Aggregate
  • Tire Shredding
  • Waste
  • Various Dry Chemicals
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    Robert T. Tolbert, PE
    140 Landings Lane
    Wilsonville AL 35186
    USA
    phone: (cell) 205-937-2747 or 205-670-5733
    Robert T. "Robby" Tolbert, PE is a licensed Professional Engineer with over 40 years of work experience in Mechanical, Industrial, and Construction industries. With a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's degree in Civil / Structural Engineering, Mr. Tolbert can handle a wide range of tasks. He currently holds two U.S. Patents, with two more pending.

    In overturning a lower court ruling (see Newton v Wright, 2003-2004), the Alabama State Supreme Court quoted Mr. Tolbert BY NAME in their ruling (See Link above). In 2010, the Alabama legislature amended the Workers’ Compensation laws of the state to reflect the Supreme Court ruling in which Mr. Tolbert was quoted, citing the Newton v Wright decision. His education, experience, professional engineering licenses, and accident reconstruction certifications have enabled Mr. Tolbert to overcome the Daubert challenges in the field of litigation. He has been retained as an Expert over 300 times.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Accident Reconstruction
    • Heavy Equipment
    • Railroad Accidents
    • Agricultural Equipment
    • ADA Violations
    • OSHA Issues
    • MSHA Issues
    • Building Codes
    • Machine Guarding
  • Product Liability
  • Hydraulics
  • Mobile Equipment
  • Elevators
  • Trip and Falls
  • Race Tracks
  • Racing
  • Industrial Accidents
  • Safety Engineering
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    Greg Gerganoff, CSP, Esq.
    Certified Safety Professional

    Denver, CO
    All States USA
    phone: 303-330-4616
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    Greg Gerganoff OSHA Safety Expert PhotoGreg Gerganoff, ASP, CSP, Esq., is an OSHA / MSHA Safety field and compliance expert with experience in the heavy construction, manufacturing, light rail construction, power plant outages, public schools, oil and gas, mining, pipeline, and trenching and excavation industries.

    As OSHA and MSHA are not mere “guidelines to safety” but federal laws enforceable in administrate hearings and federal courts, Mr. Gerganoff's 12 years of experience as a Licensed Attorney, and additional 17 years as a safety professional (CSP), make him uniquely qualified to research and interpret OSHA regulatory laws (29 CFR 1910 & 1926) and MSHA (30 CFR Part 46). He maintains his license to practice law in the state of Colorado.

    Litigation Support - Understanding the role of case assessment and the value of discovery, Mr. Gerganoff's field safety expertise and legal experience can assist legal counsel at any stage of a safety related case or claim. His services are available to counsel looking to a safety professional as a subject matter expert expecting solid, well researched, sited, and substantiated opinions. No advocacy, just plain, unbiased, well-reasoned and supported opinions. Mr. Gerganoff is retained by attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Safety Training includes but not limited to:
    • PEC SafeLand Core and Basic
    • OSHA 10 & 30 Hour Outreach Trainer Gen Industry
    • H2S Training (in accord with ANSI Z390.1-2006)
    • MSHA New Miner (Surface Metal and Nonmetal)
    • Aerial / Man Lift Operator Training
    • Power Tool Safety and Inspection
  • Hazard Communication
  • Lockout / Tagout
  • Confined Space
  • Trench and Excavation
  • Fork Lift Operator Training / Lifting
  • Fall Protection
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    10/26/2016 · Construction
    During a recent conversation with a friend who had purchased a small construction company he mentioned in passing that one of his employees had injured his ankle on the job but didn't report it to his work comp carrier as it was a minor incident, no days off work, didn't want his rates to go up, why bother. All is good. Right?

    8/18/2016 · OSHA
    Electricity is a vital source of energy in our daily lives. It powers tools, provides light and heat. Our working lives are much improved and efficiency greatly increased thanks to electricity. But what about those situations where power from the grid is unavailable. Well, portable generators are an excellent tool for such a scenario.

    6/24/2016 · OSHA
    Safety culture is a term frequently bandied about in today's business world and sounds as trendy as "mission statements" were years ago. (Let's not forget "best in class". First time I heard this at a company meeting I looked around to make sure I hadn't mistakenly wandered into a dog show. Really?)

    Use fall protection; Use trench boxes when excavating; Lock out Tag Out any time repair or maintenance of equipment involving stored energy is performed; Slips, Trips and Falls are one of the most expensive types of injury. For my sixteen years in safety these safety hazards were always in the forefront of safety concerns for businesses and safety professionals. Guess what? Work related road way crashes is the number one serious/fatal injury cause for U.S. workers. OSHA recognizes this. CDC/NIOSH has generated a white paper studying this fact. Who knew? So here is some info on this number one safety hazard in the US work place.

    4/11/2016 · OSHA
    In the safety world hazard recognition plays a vital role in keeping your people safe from unsafe behaviors and/or conditions. Some hazards are easily recognized, for example an employee climbing up a 20 foot ladder with tools held in both hands. (This is a fall hazard by the way.) Common sense right? The safety guy who taught me safety had a great response to this attitude, "Few people have any sense (read knowledge) in common (read shared alike)". So while some safety hazards are immediately recognizable others require training to spot and avoid. Training is a key method in avoiding the "Ostrich Zone". One such hazard is Hydrogen Sulfide. You don't want to bury your head facing this hazard. (Won't do much good anyway, Hydrogen Sulfide is heavier then air!)

    3/7/2016 · OSHA
    "If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.", so said Laurence J. Peter, a professor at the University of Southern California whose works touched the business world. (He is well known for the "Peter Principal".) Peter's above quote essentially points out that action lacking a clear objective will likely lead to unwanted or unintended consequences.

    2/19/2016 · OSHA
    Hazard recognition plays a vital role in keeping employees safe. Some hazards are easily recognized, for example an employee climbing up a 20-ft ladder while holding tools in both hands is an obvious fall hazard. While some safety hazards are immediately recognizable, others require training to spot and avoid. One such hazard is hydrogen sulfide (H2S). Training is a key method to avoid the "ostrich zone." You do not want to bury your head when facing this hazard.

    1/29/2016 · OSHA
    When personal injury events occur legal negligence actions may arise. Common law negligence is established by plaintiff showing defendant owed plaintiff a legal duty, to conform to a standard of care, defendant breached that duty, plaintiff suffered injury and there is a causal relationship between the breach and injury. FN 1 But what sources of standard of care proofs are available? How does a litigant go about proving standard of care?

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    JIJI THOMAS
    Senior Officer-Environment
    Kudilil House, Eravimangalam
    Kottayam 686613
    IND
    phone: 987-067-0240
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    TCE Consulting Engineers Limited (TCE) is one of India's leading Engineering Consulting Organizations. TCE offers a wide range of multi-disciplinary services in project engineering across several sectors. The firm has completed more than 4500 assignments, including the engineering of several power plants with total installed capacity of over 41,000MW, several large urban water supply and waste water projects, as well as those for smaller towns, facilities inside battery limits and offsite facilities for several chemical and industrial plants.

    TCE has highly qualified and experienced professionals on its rolls. Design offices are located in several cities in India - Mumbai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune and Jamshedpur, and a branch office in the USA and South Africa.

    TCE has successfully carried out several assignments overseas — in South East Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia Pacific, Australia and the Americas.

    TCE has done projects funded by:
    • World Bank
    • Asian Development Bank
    • United Nations Development Programme
    • Japan Bank for International Cooperation
    • United Nations Industrial Development Organization
    • World Health Organization
    • United States Agency for International Development
    Services Include:
    • Environmental Impact Assessment
    • Environmental Survey & Consultations
    • Environmental Data Analysis & GIS mapping
    • Environmental Sampling, Monitoring & Pollution Analysis (Air, Water & Soil)
    • Environmental Clearance & Liaison with Statutory Authorities
    • Industrial Site Visits and Identification of Suitable Waste Disposal Sites & Methodologies
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    Mr. Kirk Kleckner
    5810 West 78th Street
    Suite 300
    Bloomington MN 55439
    United States
    phone: 612-760-8400
    fax: 612-435-6241
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    Kirk KlecknerKirk D. Kleckner, CPA, MBA, ABV, ASA, CFF is the Managing Principal of ValuationUSA, a boutique Valuation / Litigation Support firm. He is also the current President of Automotive Group Capital and Consulting, LLC - a ten person business specializing in the dealership industry.

    Mr. Kleckner is a CPA, MBA and is professionally accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He is also a Senior Appraiser of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) and Certified in Financial Forensics from the AICPA (CFF). Mr. Kleckner is a Qualified Expert Witness with experience in complex business litigation.

    Mr. Kleckner's experience includes seven years as Chief Financial Officer for a well respected top 50 dealership group. He spent nineteen years with an accounting firm as its Chief Operating Officer, Director of Business Valuation and Litigation Support Services and Shareholder.

    Mr. Kleckner's expertise leverages both his professional and hands-on industry experience. His practical experience includes buying, selling and integrating of businesses and organization and owner tax planning.

    Mr. Kleckner has experience as an expert witness in various legal actions including class action settlement valuation, ownership dispute valuation and business damage calculations.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Business Valuation
  • Litigation Economic Loss / Damage Analysis and Independent Opinions, Expert Witness
  • Product Warranty and Class Action Settlement Valuation
  • Dealership - Valuation, Profitability and Practices
  • Business Interruption, Minority Interests and Fair Value, Ownership Disputes
  • Estate and Gift Valuation
  • Succession and Business Owner Wealth Transfer Planning
  • Acquisition / Merger Advisory
  • Mining Interest Valuation